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House Committee: Obama Fired Top Scientist Over Climate Change

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By    |   Tuesday, 20 Dec 2016 05:49 PM

The Obama administration fired a scientist, intimidated staff at the Department of Energy, and allegedly ordered officials to obstruct Congress – all in order to push its climate change agenda, a House committee report asserted.

The Washington Free Beacon detailed Tuesday a report released by the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, which is chaired by Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, charged senior Obama administration officials retaliated against the scientist, Dr. Noelle Metting, who was manager of a radiation research program, and devised ways to block a congressional inquiry into the radiation research.

"Instead of providing the type of scientific information needed by Congress to legislate effectively, senior departmental officials sought to hide information, lobbied against legislation, and retaliated against a scientist for being forthcoming," Smith said in a statement, the Free Beacon reported.

"In this staff report based on lengthy record before the committee, much has been revealed about how senior level agency officials under the Obama administration retaliated against a scientist who did not follow the party line."

The scathing analysis comes in the wake of a report the Department of Energy refused to turn over to Donald Trump's transition team the names of its staff members who worked on climate change issues for the Obama administration.

The Free Beacon reported the analysis goes into congressional efforts to regulate the Low Dose Radiation Research Program, which aimed to test the impact of radiation on human beings. The program, started in the 1990s, was meant to support research into waste cleanup and the impact of nuclear weapons.

Lawmakers introduced the Low Dose Radiation Act of 2014 late that year to regulate the program and minimize harmful side effects, the Free Beacon noted.

During an October 2014 briefing on the matter, Metting testified, and less than a month later, she was "removed . . . from federal service for allegedly providing too much information in response to questions posed by" Congress during the briefing, the report stated.

Smith's report found congressional investigators determined the removal was in part retaliation against her because she "refused to conform to the predetermined remarks and talking points designed by management to undermine the advancement of "the 2014 radiation act," the Free Beacon reported.

Congress is recommending a full overhaul of the energy department's management structure, the Free Beacon reported.

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